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Philip Brocoum

Philip Brocoum

Lead Developer at Syncta

Portland, OR

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About Me


Hello! I'm Philip, and I started developing for the web at a startup in NYC in 2007. Fast-forward ten years and here I am in Portland as the Lead Developer at Syncta, a startup that was recently acquired by Watts Water Technologies.

This site you're reading now is made with Rails 5, Bootstrap 4, and PostgreSQL. It's deployed to Microsoft Azure using Docker & Kubernetes, Let's Encrypt, HAProxy, Nginx, and Puma. You can view the source on GitLab.

My Skillset

Ruby
Ruby on Rails

App development with Rails 2, 3, 4, and 5

Html
HTML/CSS/JS

Frontend design with HTML 5, CSS 3, and jQuery

Mysql
MySQL/PostgreSQL

DB administration of MySQL & PostgreSQL

Aws
AWS/Azure

Scaling cloud infrastructure in AWS and Azure, including EC2, RDS, and S3

Atlassian
Project Management

Managing remote teams with Jira and Bitbucket

Semaphore
CI/CD

Continuous delivery with Semaphore CI

Rspec
Automated Testing

RSpec and minitest TDD

Web
App Deployment

Production Rails on Phusion Passenger, Apache, Nginx, and Puma

Docker
Docker

Containerize all the things!

Git
git

git-flow is my preferred branching model

Chef
Chef

Provisioning infrastructure as code

Linux
Linux

Ubuntu & CentOS server administration / bash scripting

My Career


I started in tech as an analyst at Brightidea back in 2007 when I was 25. At that time, I was transitioning away from mathematics and education. I taught myself Ruby on Rails and was hired a year later at readMedia as their first full-time developer. We grew the company and turned it into what Merit is today.

I'm now the Lead Developer at Syncta in Portland, OR. We provide mobile software for backflow testers and water purveyors. We were recently acquired by Watts Water Technologies. My passion has always been to build great products with great technologies.

Syncta site

Syncta

Syncta provides mobile software for backflow testers and water purveyors. I'm the Lead Developer of our Ruby on Rails app, the JSON API that powers our iOS and Android apps, and the automation behind SynctaOne.

Visit Syncta
Merit site

Merit

Merit showcases student achievements at hundreds of colleges and universities. Meritpages.com is the largest Rails app I've ever worked on, comprising eight Rails apps deployed in a services architecture on an AWS Ubuntu Linux cluster.

Visit Merit
Gogreenride site

Go Green Ride

Go Green Ride is an eco-friendly ridesharing alternative to Uber. GoGreenRide.com and its accompanying iOS and Android apps use a Rails backend that heavily utilizes geolocation services and is deployed on Rackspace using Phusion Passenger.

Visit Go Green Ride
Readaboutme site

readabout.me

readabout.me was the predecessor to Merit, focusing primarily on students. The Rails app was deployed on Heroku initially, but with its success we quickly outgrew Heroku and switched to AWS.

Visit readabout.me
Readmedia site

readMedia

readMedia sends press releases to newspapers via mail merge for its clients all over the country. I upgraded the readMedia.com Rails 2 app to Rails 3, helped move it onto AWS, and was one of three developers working full-time on the app for many years.

Visit readMedia
Brightidea site

Brightidea

Brightidea provides innovation management software-as-a-service. As one of their early employees, I helped with sales, onboarding, consulting, traveling, and running their software.

Visit Brightidea

Education

I majored in mathematics in college and grad school, and my first career was as a teacher in New York City. However, I always loved computers and quickly transitioned to my new career as a developer.

Fun Stuff

I often program for fun, and you can browse my side projects on GitHub. I once wrote a Ruby script to nab myself tickets to The Daily Show, which was first-come-first-serve on its website at the time, and you never knew when tickets would become available.

Education

I majored in mathematics in college and grad school, and my first career was as a teacher in New York City. However, I always loved computers and quickly transitioned to my new career as a developer.

New York University
— M.A. in Math Education (class of 2006)

I attended NYU through Math for America where I took my theoretical knowledge of mathematics and added practical knowledge of teaching.



NYC Department of Education
— Math Teacher (2006 – 2007)

After getting my Master's degree, I taught 6–8th grade math at the Shuang Wen School (P.S. 184) in Chinatown.

Fun Stuff


I often program for fun, and you can browse my side projects on GitHub. I once wrote a Ruby script to nab myself tickets to The Daily Show, which was first-come-first-serve on its website at the time, and you never knew when tickets would become available.

Sci-Fi Voter

Sci-Fi Voter definitively answers the question, "What is the best Star Trek episode?"

Cast your vote

Munch

The game of Munch! Can you beat the computer? I doubt it...

Test your wit

Docker Dashboard

Simple terminal dashboard for Docker using Tmux

View on GitHub

Taggy for Evernote

Taggy for Evernote was my app in the Mac App Store. Taggy makes your Evernote tags function as you want them to: hierarchically.

View on GitHub

Arkanoid

Arkanoid is my take on the classic Nintendo Breakout game. Written in C for MS DOS long ago.

View on GitHub

Personal Life

I maintain a healthy work/life balance. If you'd like to learn more about me beyond my professional life, check out the links below!

Youtube
My YouTube Channel

With 1 million views, my Yoshimoto Cube video is my 15 minutes of fame.

Chess
US Chess Federation

Rated 1618 USCF and 2000-ish on Lichess, I'm always looking to improve.

Sailing
MIT Sailing Club

I'm a lifetime member. If we're ever in Boston, I'll take you out on the Charles.

Toast
Toast the Dog!

Such a good dog, but he sometimes sits onkjf ssadkl

Contact Me

HHi there! I'm currently at Syncta, so I'm not looking for new opportunities. Syncta provides mobile software for backflow testers and water purveyors, and I'm the Lead Developer of their Ruby on Rails app. Still, if you've made it this far, feel free to drop me a line. Send me an email and I'll speak with you soon 👍.If you've made it this far, drop me a line. I'm looking for a full-time remote Ruby on Rails position. I have 8 years of experience working remotely: I work M-F 9-5 from my home office and I'm always available on Slack or chat, and for pair programming and video calls. I'm also happy to travel onsite on a regular schedule or as needed. Send me an email, let me know what your company is working on, and I'll speak with you soon 👍.

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